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A woman who murdered an MTSU basketball player will now serve up to 29 years in prison.
Shanterrica Madden was sentenced Tuesday for killing her roommate, Tina Stewart.
"Can you think in all the second degree murder cases, one that is worse than this one in terms of cruelty?" asks District Attorney General Bill Whitesell.
Shanterrica Madden comes to court, knowing her future is in the judge's hands.
In May, a jury found her guilty of second degree murder for stabbing and killing her MTSU roommate, college basketball player Tina Stewart.
"There are two families losing right here, nobody is gaining," says Shanterrica's father Frank Madden.
Madden's father is the only witness to take the stand.
He hopes the judge will sentence his daughter to 15 years, which is the least amount she could serve.
"And she made a mistake, and didn't know how to handle it. She didn't even mean it, I know she didn't," says Frank Madden.
Shanterrica Madden didn't speak during the hearing, but her attorney read a letter she'd written.
"I'm sorry for all the pain that I have caused your family. I'm sorry for the many tears that you family have shed because of me," says Madden's attorney Joe Brandon.
The District Attorney is unmoved.
He says after Madden murdered Stewart during an argument, she closed the bedroom door and allowed her to die without calling 911.
"We believe the appropriate punishment for what she did is the maximum sentence," says District Attorney General Bill Whitesell.
Judge Don Ash agrees with the prosecution and sentences Madden to 29 years in prison.
Tina Stewart's family hugs one another. They leave court believing justice has been served.
Shanterrica Madden remains in the Rutherford County jail, but she'll soon be transferred to a state prison to begin serving her 29 year sentence.
Judge Don Ash ruled that Madden should serve 25 years for the murder, and another four years for tampering with evidence.
She won't be eligible for parole until she's at least 46 years old.
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Tuesday, July 17 2012, 09:00 PM CDT
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
May 22, 2013 23:38 GMT
IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
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